Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

May 2, 2016

Green Architecture Now! Vol. 2

Philip Jodidio

From Seoul to Berlin, from Los Angeles to Hanoi, sustainability is the hot ticket in architecture. Exploring the why, how and where, this publication tours the globe for locations where stylish structures designed with the planet in mind are both trendy and necessary. A worthwhile survey of a topic in everyone’s best interest: building a … Read More

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April 27, 2016

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

Weiming Lu

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, storied urban planner Weiming Lu showcases his revitalization and redevelopment work in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also contemplates the most important elements in any urban rejuvenation program for any city looking to transform its neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.

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April 15, 2016

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More

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March 28, 2016

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

A natural “installation” uses public art to raise awareness of deforestation

When conceptual and environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos moved to Melbourne, Australia, from New Zealand, he was struck by the abundance of trees in his new surroundings. With a population of 4.25 million, Melbourne boasts 70,000 trees, which cover 20 percent of the city—and city planners hope to increase that ratio to 40 percent. Besides being … Read More

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March 14, 2016

“Orit Haj”

Artists: Didier Hess

Orit Haj, a site-specific artwork at Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Agua Dulce, California, pays tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley—the Tataviam tribe. Created by artistic duo Didier Hess, the piece is a solid earthen structure made of a mixture of soil and cement; it is designed to slowly erode over the course … Read More

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February 10, 2016

A Water Park for the Art Tourist

Jason deCaires Taylor unveils his final additions to underwater sculpture park, MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Mexico (2013)— Jason deCaires Taylor  revealed his final sculptures for MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a long-term project devoted to diverting underwater tourist traffic away from delicate coral reefs. Designed as a tour of Mexico’s Punta Nizuc reef system in the waters of Cancún, his contributions now total 510 permanent sculptures made from live transplanted … Read More

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January 8, 2016

“Duwamish Revealed”

Artworks and programs center on Seattle's only river

Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More

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December 21, 2015

“Gazing Globes”

Artist: Paula Hayes

New York, N.Y. – For Gazing Globes, her first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York, Paula Hayes recycled contemporary technological and industrial scrap material into a series of fantastical miniature landscapes housed within 18 transparent spheres on fiberglass pedestals. Like freshly fallen snow, dust made from pulverized CDs coated the multicolored metals and plastics of … Read More

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December 18, 2015

Boston’s Isles Arts Initiative

Summer series celebrates Harbor Islands

Boston, Mass. – From July 11 – August 26, 2015, the Isles Arts Initiative animated the Boston Harbor Islands with a series of site-specific installations and performances. Aimed to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of the islands, the public art series paired art interventions with inventive performances and a responsive gallery show. The Boston … Read More

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December 14, 2015

“COSMO”

Designer: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

VIDEO – New York, N.Y. – The winner of this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA PS1 is COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation. COSMO was the sixteenth installation in the series. The work was housed in the museum’s courtyard from June 23–September 7, 2015. Working within environmental guidelines that emphasize … Read More

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December 9, 2015

Market Street Prototyping Festival

New Design Experiments for San Francisco

San Francisco, Calif. – A series of fifty “prototypes” designed to improve civic life lined San Francisco’s main thoroughfare for the first ever Market Street Prototyping Festival from April 9-11, 2015 . The festival related to the city’s Better Market Street initiative and was a joint effort of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the … Read More

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November 11, 2015

“Recurrence” 1

Artist: Luftwerk

Tampa, Fla. – VIDEO Installed in Kiley Gardens as part of this year’s Lights on Tampa, from February 20 to 21, Chicago-based artist collaboration Luftwerk‘s creation, Recurrence, set a 72-foot by 39-foot grid of 84 programmable LED lights on the ground at heights from six to 18 inches. The grid was illuminated in patterns that illustrated … Read More

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